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MCC appoints senior coaches
May 29, 2015
Melbourne Cricket Club today confirmed two further coaching appointments for the 2015/16 season, with Andrew Walton joining the club as men’s head coach, with Keith Jansz appointed as head coach of the women’s teams.
Andrew Kent, who stood down as men’s captain-coach at the end of last season, will continue to play and will also undertake a batting coaching role.
The appointments come after former Victorian Bushrangers head coach Greg Shipperd recently accepted a position as coach of the MCC Cricket Academy to assist the club’s elite young talent.
Walton joins MCC after stints as senior coach at three Premier Cricket clubs – Prahran (2010-14), Fitzroy-Doncaster (2008-10) and Hawthorn-Monash University (2006-08). Last season he coached Plenty Valley in Cricket Victoria’s women’s competition.
Walton has also spent time as a guest coach with Middlesex County Cricket Club and as a specialist coach at Karnata Institute of Cricket in Bangalore.
As a player, he spent his early cricketing days in Mooroopna in rural Victoria and metropolitan club ranks before joining Richmond and then Prahran in lower grade leadership roles. Known for his innovative ideas, he brings with him a passion for cricket and educating those involved in the game.
“We are delighted to have a person of Andrew’s experience heading up our coaching staff, and look forward to the enthusiasm and fresh ideas that he’ll bring to the club,” said MCC Premier Cricket Committee chairman, Michael Sholly.
Jansz has a wide range of experience as a player, coach and selector. In an 11-year involvement with Prahran, he spent three years as Second XI captain and separate stints as assistant coach and chairman of selectors.
He was senior coach at Frankston Peninsula for six years (2001-07), and has also served as senior coach at Camberwell Magpies (2010/11) and Hawthorn-Monash University (2011-13).
Last year, Jansz coached Victoria’s women’s indigenous team and has previously coached the Victoria under 17 and under 19 women’s teams. He has been a state selector for Victoria’s senior and underage female teams, as well as Victoria’s under 19 men’s team.
“Keith is a highly regarded coach and we are delighted to have him with us,” said Sholly.
“Our Premier First XI appeared in the finals only three years since formation and I am confident that Keith’s communication, team building and skill development capabilities will be the basis for the further growth and success of our women’s teams.”